Darts ace Cross is very much at home as PDC semi-final line-up is confirmed

Rob Cross has reached the penultimate stage of the Professional Darts Corporation's (PDC) first ever home-staged competition.

Rob Cross / Picture: Lawrence Lustig
Rob Cross / Picture: Lawrence Lustig

The world number four from St Leonards topped group five of the Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs on Saturday and is due to line up in the semi-finals on Thursday evening.

Cross won two of his three matches at the weekend - and narrowly lost the other - to pip Ryan Searle for top spot on legs difference.

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The 29-year-old began with a 6-3 success over Swedish thrower Daniel Larsson and then overcame Players Championship event winner Searle 6-4.

That left Cross needing to win just three legs in his last match, against Luke Woodhouse, to secure top spot and a 6-5 defeat duly proved sufficient.

His reward was a place in semi-final two - alongside the winners of groups six, seven and eight - last night.

The top two players from each of the two semi-final groups (semi-final one was held on Wednesday) will advance to the championship group tonight.

Amid the global coronavirus sporting shutdown, the innovative Home Tour event began with 101 PDC Tour Card holders playing from their homes in 32 first round groups, with the action broadcast to fans around the world via live video calls.

Cross - the 2018 world champion, and 2019 World Matchplay and European Championship winner - topped group 21 on Thursday May 7 with three wins out of three, defeating William Borland (5-2), two-time world youth champion Dimitri Van den Bergh (5-4) and Karel Sedlacek (5-4).